The Truett McConnell University Athletic Department is proud to announce the hiring of Rob Miller as the new men’s soccer head coach for the 2015-2016 season. Miller joins Truett McConnell after serving as the Area Director for the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy since 2011.
Truett McConnell Director of Athletics Dr. Stacy Hall expressed his enthusiasm with the new hire. “I could not be happier to have Coach Miller join our team and lead our Men’s Soccer program,” said Hall. “Coach Miller loves the Lord and is a proven winner. He brings a wealth of coaching experience and a passion for the game. His past teams have won numerous championships, and he has garnered a number of coach of the year honors himself. I have no doubt that our men’s soccer program will be winning championships in the near future.”
Miller has numerous years of impressive collegiate coaching experience, including serving as head soccer coach at NCAA Division II Anderson University from 2002-2012. While at Anderson, Miller coached his teams to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, His teams finished 14th, 17th and 25th in the nation. His teams amassed nine total conference tournament appearances while he coached at Anderson, and they were named South Atlantic Conference regular season champions, as well as tournament champions in 2011.
Prior to accepting a position at Anderson, Miller served as the head coach at the University of the Cumberlands from 1995-2001. While at the Cumberlands, Miller’s teams were named Mid-South Conference Tournament Champions in 1996 and Mid-South Conference Champions in 1998 and 2000. Miller amassed a career record of 192-136-19 while serving at Anderson and the Cumberlands, giving him a top-25 winning percentage among active Division II coaches.
In addition to his experience as a head coach at the collegiate level, Miller has also coached All-Star teams and helped develop Olympic athletes. He served as the U.S. All-Star Team head coach in the Outback Games in Darwin, Australia, in 2003. Miller was a member of the Kentucky Olympic Development Program staff from 1996-2000 and the Olympic Development Program Head Coach for the England Tour in 2004. He also served as a member of the South Carolina Olympic Development Program Staff from 2004-2006.
Miller has over 14 years experience coaching club soccer, as well as serving as a high school coach for the T.L. Hanna High School girls’ soccer team and the Somerset High School boys’ soccer team. While coaching at Somerset, Miller’s team won two District 27 Championships and a CKC Conference Championship.
Miller has also coached professionally in the United States Soccer League (USL) where coached two organizations: the Lexington Bandits and the Greenville Lions. He has had several players go on to play in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Miller attended Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, from 1986-1990 where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Social Work. While at Olivet Nazarene, Miller was four year varsity starter for the men’s soccer program. While serving as team captain there in 1989, he was named to the first-team Chicagoland-Conference team and the First Team District 20 team. He currently holds a National Diploma (1997), an Advanced-National Diploma (1998), and a Premiere Diploma (1999) from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Miller has served as a member of the NSCAA for over 14 years.
Additionally, Miller’s hard work can be seen throughout his entire coaching career, as he has garnered numerous coaching awards throughout the course of his career.
Honors and Awards:
Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year (2008)
Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year (2000)
Kentucky State Coach of the Year (2000)
Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year (1998)
Region Coach of the Year (1998)
Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year (1996)
27th District Coach of the Year (1993)
Central Kentucky Conference Coach of the Year (1992)
South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year (2011)
2 Southeast Region Players of the Year
2 South Atlantic Conference Players of the Year
2 Conference Carolinas Freshmen of the Year
15 All-Region Players
52 All-Conference Players